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Topkapi Palace : New
Topkapi Palace : New
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Details: Topkapi Palace : New,
'Milestones in Ottoman History,'
*[A4+] Large Hardback - 280 pages,
by Ilber Ortayli,
Edited by Salih Gulen,
& by Hasan Hayri Demirel,
Published by Blue Dome Press, Turkey.




Description :

This illustrated guide to Topkapi Palaceóthe former capital of the Ottoman Empireóreveals the historic art pieces and sacred relics contained within and explores Ottoman history as it relates to specific sections of the palace.


Topkapi Palace attracts more visitors than any other place in Turkey. Once the heart of Ottoman administration and the residence of the Sultans, the elegantly decorated palace is surprisingly modest. In this work, Dr. Ortayli introduces us to the different sections in the Palace, providing us with information about their functions, architecture and decorations. His references to the Palace customs, people, and particular events present us with a living history.


This work has much to offer even for those who have had a chance to visit the Palace. Ortayli's explanations reveal his expertise in the field and certain misconceptions about the Ottomans are corrected. Moreover this book covers some of the closed sections as well. For example, certain parts of the Harem are completely built of wood and therefore, visitors are not allowed as a precaution against possible damage. Some of these places have been photographed for the first time.


Ilber Ortayli provides an enjoyable background information to almost every picture in the book. Any person interested in the Ottoman history and Middle Eastern history would enjoy reading this book. With an elegantly designed cover and interior, it is a great source of information for historians, Muslims and lovers of Ottoman history.




Dr. Ilber Ortayli : Currently the president of the Topkapi Palace, Ilber Ortayli is one of the most celebrated scholars and popularly read professors of Ottoman history. He also chairs the Public Law Department at Galatasaray University in Istanbul. He has more than twenty books published.








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*Dimensions : 32.2 x 16.2cm.






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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 25 May, 2019.